John Paul Stevens retires

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Justice Stevens on SCOTUS: 'I Didn't Do Well Enough'

Describes time on high court as 'terribly disappointing, gratifying'

(Newser) - John Paul Stevens has been piping up recently ahead of his new book, and he continues that trend today with an interview on ABC in which he describes his lengthy tenure on the United States Supreme Court thusly : "It’s really awfully hard because it's a series of...

Bowties Bid Stevens Adieu on Last Day

(Newser) - Bowtie-wearing lawyers and spectators dotted the Supreme Court chamber on the last day Justice John Paul Stevens sat on the bench, a nod to the retiring justice and his signature neckwear. The 90-year-old Stevens told colleagues in a letter he read from the bench that if he had "overstayed"...

Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

President Obama plans to nominate solicitor general for high court seat

(Newser) - President Obama plans to nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court to replace John Paul Stevens tomorrow, MSNBC reports and numerous other sources comfirm. Should Kagan, 50, be confirmed, the high court would have three female justices for the first time. Her nomination marks the first time in 38 years...

Obama Interviews First Court Candidate

Under-the-radar pick Sidney Thomas gets Oval Office meeting

(Newser) - President Obama has accelerated his search for his next Supreme Court nominee, meeting in the Oval Office with one of the candidates, federal judge Sidney Thomas of Montana, a person familiar with the conversation says. Obama's meeting with Thomas yesterday was his first known formal interview for the upcoming vacancy...

Obama Talks With Potential Court Picks

Informal discussions show process getting serious

(Newser) - President Obama has begun conversations with potential Supreme Court nominees, a senior administration official tells the AP, signaling an upswing in the president's consideration of an already coalescing list of candidates. This morning, he'll meet with Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and the top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to...

White House: Clinton Staying Put
 White House: 
 Clinton Staying Put 

White House: Clinton Staying Put

Refutes Hatch suggestion she's being considered for Supreme Court

(Newser) - Orrin Hatch is a nice guy and all, but his speculation this morning that Hillary Clinton might fill the Supreme Court seat of John Paul Stevens is bunk—or so says the White House, according to Politico . "The president thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as Secretary...

Hillary Clinton's Name Floated for Court Slot: Sen. Hatch

Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's heard her name floated

(Newser) - Sen. Orrin Hatch says he's heard Hillary Clinton's name mentioned in connection with the Supreme Court vacancy brought about by the retirement of John Paul Stevens. Appearing with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy on NBC's Today show, the Utah Republican said only, "I heard Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's...

Frontrunner Kagan Would Tilt Court Further Right

For liberals, she'd be a disaster, writes Glenn Greenwald

(Newser) - The smart money's on Elena Kagan to be President Obama's pick as John Paul Stevens' replacement on the Supreme Court. The solicitor general is "exceptionally smart" with loads of qualifications and expertise, writes Glenn Greenwald, but she'd be a disaster for liberals. The former dean of Harvard Law School...

After Stevens: What's Next?
 After Stevens: What's Next? 

After Stevens: What's Next?

Expect a fierce battle for liberal justice's replacement

(Newser) - What will John Paul Stevens’ retirement mean for the Supreme Court? Here are three early thoughts on what comes next:
  • Expect the tea partiers to get extremely riled up over whoever President Obama nominates, writes Chris Good of the Atlantic . They have a “very strict (one could almost say

Justice John Paul Stevens Will Retire

Obama has another Supreme Court vacancy to fill

(Newser) - US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's oldest member and leader of its liberal bloc, says he is retiring. President Obama now has his second high court opening to fill. Stevens said today that he will step down when the court finishes its work for the summer in...

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